Definition of innards in English:


plural noun

  • 1Entrails.

    • ‘The healer pretends to dig his hands into the patient's innards and pretends to pull out ‘tumors’.’
    • ‘Shiny, moist reds throughout the canvases evoke surgical photos of innards pulsing with circulating blood.’
    • ‘He could feel himself changing, deep inside, he could feel his innards moving around, readjusting, transforming.’
    • ‘Slit open the belly of the fish and use your thumb and your fingers to draw out the remaining innards.’
    • ‘It made his innards ache and his heart squeeze tightly with pain to feel the only woman he loved refuse him that deeply.’
    • ‘Running from neck to thigh, the bloody laceration tore his flesh, showing more of his innards than could be wanted.’
    • ‘The sheer magnitude of the force behind Joren's leg was enough rupture the man's innards and send him flying off into a tree.’
    • ‘I try to teach the children lessons about the sanctity of life as the fish, sucking for oxygen, lose their heads and innards.’
    • ‘He'll disown me, hire thousands of assassins to torture me, tear out my innards, gouge my eyes, stab me in my gut, tear me apart limb to limb, then kill me.’
    • ‘Grasp the squid's head and innards as far inside the body as you can; pull gently.’
    • ‘The rest of his torso felt strange; he could feel his innards shifting, the bones changing as to make him rounder.’
    • ‘Hill struggled under the horse's weight, the stench of burnt flesh and innards assaulting his nose like a locomotive.’
    • ‘If you like innards, steak and kidney pie is worth a try.’
    • ‘Heavy sickness infected his innards and closed up his throat.’
    • ‘The first they chanced upon was a portly, unshaven soldier with dried blood over his lifeless body, and flies swarming around his innards that were exposed.’
    • ‘The thing's head was crushed and it's black innards splattered.’
    • ‘These little beasts can take up residence in your gut and other assorted innards and live parasitically from you for many, many years.’
    • ‘Haggis traditionally contains sheep innards such as lungs and hearts, and this dish is clearly not for those whose stomachs are of a delicate disposition.’
    • ‘The sternum had been split open, the innards eaten, the legs pulled inside out, and the bones picked clean, ribs snapped off at the spine.’
    • ‘Fighting against her grip, I pull my hand out of the innards, and struggle against the urge to vomit.’
    entrails, internal organs, vital organs, viscera, intestines, bowels, guts
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    1. 1.1The internal workings of a device or machine.
      • ‘The Cord Company was so short of time to get to the Motor Show, they managed to produce 100 cars for shows, but none of them had any innards in the gearboxes.’
      • ‘The wedge-shaped pride of the Imperial fleet will be build out of aluminium, so we'd suggest that it just has to contain the innards of a Power Mac G5.’
      • ‘But when you're done you can see the innards of the machine while you use it.’
      • ‘Each had a Pulsarian engineer working its innards from beneath the craft.’
      • ‘Paul felt the electrical heat radiating from the dark pit of its innards.’
      • ‘If anything, it would serve only to knock something in its electronic innards loose.’
      • ‘Trouble is, the counter top has to be taken down to give the gas man access to the innards of the boiler.’
      • ‘He took his laser pencils and disassembled the camera's innards.’
      • ‘He had a special key to do this and only he was allowed to fiddle with the innards of the machines.’
      • ‘To get this kind of software up and running you have to get your fingers dirty, messing with the innards of Internet servers.’
      • ‘The strings drone and yawn as if they were the innards of some great machine that makes everything turn.’
      • ‘Its electronic innards were designed by engineers in Waukesha, in Hino, Japan, and Buc, France.’
      • ‘Halfway between the wrist and the elbow, some of the android's metallic innards could be seen.’
      • ‘However, it is those same batteries that can do untold damage to the electronic innards of today's cameras.’
      • ‘The wallpaper snaked itself in silver and green ribbons across the screen as the mechanical chimes sounded from the innards of the computer.’
      • ‘The electronic innards were just fine, but I broke a plastic stud the frame mounts to.’
      • ‘The booklet gives you a run-down on the innards of your car engine and at the end, there is a test for your ‘automobile IQ’.’
      • ‘It was a magnificent machine - black and heavy with cast-steel innards, nothing plastic there.’
      • ‘Life is short-you can feel it slipping away while you scrabble at the fax machine's innards, ink cartridge in hand.’
      • ‘Wear-resistance is good for slides, cylinders of revolvers and innards.’
      machinery, workings, works, movement, motion, action, gear, gears, wheels, components, motor, engine, power source
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Early 19th century: representing a dialect pronunciation of inwards, used as a noun.